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A wonderful new reissued edition of the classic Joan Aiken short story collection illustrated with Jan Pienkowski's iconic silhouettes.

These East European fairytales have it all: drama, magic, heroes, fairies, dragons, mermaids, adventure, bravery and beauty...
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 3rd 2011 by Jonathan Cape (first published 1971)
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Ecrin Korkmaz
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Çok güzel bir öykü kitabıydı.
İçerisindeki hikayeler birbirinden değişikti ve her hikayenin sonunda mutlaka çıkarılması gereken bir ders içeriyordu.
İleride -uzun uzun yıllar sonra- çocuğum olursa ve 9-12 yaş arasındayken bu kitabı -tabii o zaman elimde bir nüshası olmuş olur umarım ve ebook olarak okutmam- okumasını isterim.
Bu arada kitabın içindeki 11,on bir hikayeden en çok beğendiklerim; Denizin Dibindeki Krallık,Sazlıkta Yaşayan Kız ve Armut Ağacı oldu.
Kitapla ilgili daha uzun yorumumu okumak
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Kübra  Yağmur Aslanhan
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
 description“Sana güzel masallar anlatmamı ister misin?” diye sormuş prensese. “Kahramanlar, sihirbazlar, kuşlar ve canavarlarla ilgili harika masallar biliyorum. Yaz ve kış, güneş, ay ve yıldızlar hakkında da.” 

Yazarın daha önce Uyurgezer Ayı kitabına hevesle başlayıp hayalkırıklığıyla kapağını kapatmıştım. Bu kitabı bulduğumdaysa yine bir heyecanla başladım ama buraya güncelleme girene kadar aynı yazar olduklarını fark etmemiştim bile.
Sonra bir kendimden şüphe ettim, Allah var, o kitabı da yanlış zamanda
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Burçak
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Güzel masallardı hoşuma gitti:) çizimler ise gerçekten 10 numara 👍
Nikki
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was the other book by Joan Aiken I had when I was little: the illustrations (by Jan Pienkowski) are very familiar. I remember some of the stories quite well, and some not at all, but it was a lovely nostalgia trip anyway -- and I still love the illustrations. These are retellings of fairytales, I believe, but not the ones that are standard now (Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, etc), so that adds a little extra something to the experience too. I remembered Baba Yaga's daughte ...more
Gülay Cansever
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: berfin, e-kitap
Berfin için okurum dediğim ama 3,5 yaşa uygun olmayan hikaye kitabı🙊🙈
Emily Roberts
2.75. It was lovely to come back to this book. I remember a haze of memories of reading my mother’s copy in my early childhood and these stories were so absurd, so imaginative that reading them again gives me waves of nostalgia. They are ludicrous in the best way, and though they aren’t my usual reading material, I enjoyed them nonetheless.
K.L. Wicks
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely wonderful book i loved in my childhood and still have a copy. The illustrations make it complete and one of my all time favourites.
Mark
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
Kept this one after removal from stock just because I thought the art was neat. It's a pleasant enough collection for what it is.
belisa
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
güzel derinlikli masallar, anonim masallardan parçaları görmek de çok hoştu...
damla
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
these were some weird stories,but i think i enjoyed them.
duniamimpigie Anggi
Hmmm... saya belum nge-review buku ini ya.

Gimana ya...? Hmmm... sebagai seorang fans yang "jatuh cinta pada pandangan pertama" dengan Joan Aiken di buku A Necklace of Raindrops, saya merasa agak 'jomplang' dengan buku ini. Oh iya, saya belum pernah baca buku Aiken selain Raindrops dan ini, jadi mungkin saya kurang pengetahuan tentang beliau juga makanya kaget.
Tapi, menurut saya--dari review-review yang saya baca selama ini--The Kingdom Under the Sea ini memang "spesial". Buku ini bukan cerita-ce
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Elen
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Varför ska jag bli så lättuttråkad av korta historier? Tyvärr blev det så här också. Ofta kände jag det som att sagorna inte var färdiga, vilket är helt absurt – dessa berättelser har ju förts vidare från generation till generation och borde hunnit bli utförligt uttänkta för länge sedan… Kanske är det så enkelt att dessa sagor och berättartraditioner skiljer sig från det jag är van vid och kanske är det därför jag blir konfunderad. Jag vet inte. Men illustrationerna är ändå tjusiga och gör att b ...more
Angela
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully illustrated retelling of some East European myths. I love the internal logic of myths and legends, and the matter of fact acceptance of some very strange goings on. I'd already read some of the book before I realised that Jan Pienkowski was the illustrator of the Meg and Mog books which were my favourites as a child and are now some of my daughter's. The style is completely different here; the picture of the Sun God's castle is truly charming.
Alsjem
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a real gem. It is beautifully illustrated by the wonderful Jan Pieńkowski. I love fairy stories and this is well researched and edited to reflect a range of cultures and ideas. Perfect.
Surely read it as a child but don't remember - found a tatty old copy at work and spent a happy evening re-visiting these traditional and unusual tales.
Kathleen Dixon
I read these stories to my daughter, and she tells me she read them over and over again herself afterwards. She also adored the illustrations. Now the grandchildren have had the pleasure of hearing them, and they also loved looking at the pictures. How lovely it is to be able to share beautiful books with more than one generation!

Joan Aiken is a skilled writer, and has told these Eastern European folk tales in a manner well suited to today's children.
Diana
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More incredible illustrations by Jan Pienkowski. These were good tellings, but I have to point out that Aiken's original stories in Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories are fantastic; between the two collections, I would recommend reading the latter.
sherdnerdess
The illustrations are the most stunning part about this fairy-tale collection. I do have to admit that even as an adult I often didn't understand the outcomes of the stories. Perhaps they are edited down and therefore end abruptly. Somehow there wasn't the nostalgic wonder I was expecting.
Richard
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-ya
A superb set of myths, beautifully retold by Joan Aiken.
Jan Pienkowski's style is perfect for the tone of the storytelling, and together they bring the tales to magical life.
An excellent introduction to Eastern European legends and tales for any child - my 5-year old son loved it.
Melanti
I'm going to try to scan in a couple of pages - the frontspiece at the very least - when I get a chance, but the artwork is absolutely gorgous.

As a sneak preview, check out Aerin's review.
Savva
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had many interesting tales that have lots of magic in them that make you read the book till the end without putting it down, I loved this book!
Alfredo Pizarro
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just one word: magical.
Ruth
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wonderful, old fashioned fairy tales with gorgeous illustrations.
Jennifer
A captivating collection of fairy tales that I have loved since I was very young and often re-read.
Ümit Mutlu
Bu seferkiler biraz daha sıkıcı. Ama hakkını vermek lazım, kadın yaratıcı..
Mara
Aug 16, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
1973 version
Velma
Feb 06, 2014 marked it as tbr-recommended
recommended in Tess Talks Fairy Tales
Irene Mckenzie
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written collection of stories with haunting illustrations by Jan Pienkowski. It was one of my favourites as a child and I still love it.
Beth
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four stars for the stories, six stars for the illustrations. Pienkowski's work is jaw-dropping amazing!
Wayne Farmer
A classic book of fairy tales from other countries. Beautiful silhouettes illustrate the stories. My favourite has always been the tale of Baba Yaga.
Su
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Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and short stories.

She was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken (who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry), and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge. She worked for the United Nations Information Offi
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